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Jan 27 2017
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2017
Pivo
Hiking4.89 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.99 mph
1,268 ft AEG      1 Min Break8 LBS Pack
 
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MyRudy
Early morning hike, plenty of water, surprisingly very little ice.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Molino Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
It was rocking.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Molino Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
It was rocking.
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Jan 27 2017
MyRudy
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22 male
 Joined Apr 23 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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MyRudy
Hiking4.89 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.96 mph
1,268 ft AEG
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Pivo
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Jan 27 2017
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking4.89 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.99 mph
1,268 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Pivo
Pre-work hike.
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Jan 25 2017
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2017
uphill_junkie
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.00 mph
1,430 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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Tugger
Tug and I headed over the the Catalinas to hike instead of jog today. Trying to give my hammy a break before the event on Saturday. We had the parking lot and the entire trail to ourselves. I guess the cold kept people away, but I was totally warmed up after a few minutes on trail, and only put my fleece back over my wool shirt after we were at 'the end of the Bobat Doag trail' (that sign cracks me up) and the breeze picked up. We saw 3 whitetail deer and a red tail hawk while out there, that was our only company! We quickly made it back to the car, and I figured since we were all the way over there, we had to go check out the snow. Unfortunately the ski valley isn't open due to some downed trees from the last storm, but I at least wanted to go look at the snow since I've never seen the Catalinas up close with snow on them. We were denied going up the ski valley road :( , but we made it to Summerhaven and took lots of pics. We got out a couple times, and surprisingly it didn't seem that cold, despite the 20 something degree temps! What a beautiful day to get out and hike and explore the snow!
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Jan 25 2017
Tugger
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 Joined Feb 28 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Tugger
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   3.00 mph
1,430 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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We saw 3 deer and a hawk!
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Jan 18 2017
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2017
Pivo
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,314 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.73 mph
1,314 ft AEG      4 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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MyRudy
Keeping true to my New Years Resolutions, I did a yoga class early, did an easy hike, hiked with Joseph, and took some photos to share.
Flora
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Lehmann lovegrass
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Jan 18 2017
MyRudy
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22 male
 Joined Apr 23 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2017
MyRudy
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,314 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   2.73 mph
1,314 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Dec 16 2016
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2016
Pivo
Hiking4.86 Miles 1,255 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.78 mph
1,255 ft AEG      6 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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Morning hike before the rains.
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Dec 16 2016
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2016
GrottoGirl
Hiking4.86 Miles 1,255 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.78 mph
1,255 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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It was great to hike with Joseph again! I miss this little dog when we can't take him along!
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Dec 09 2016
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2016
GrottoGirl
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
1,430 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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Nice before work hike!
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Dec 06 2016
Trudge
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67 male
 Joined Nov 14 2016
 Tucson, Az
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Trudge
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs      2.35 mph
1,430 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Nov 14 2016
jrousoshammond
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33 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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jrousoshammond
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
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I really liked this one, though it was quite grassy and pants-worthy at the time. The (dry) waterfall the trail ends at is a great spot to sit and relax. I'd like to come back and explore a few of the side trails that appear to go up the hill to the south near the end of the trail. It would make a great night hike with a full moon; unfortunately, I came to that realization the day of a once-in-a-lifetime full moon when we were getting back in the car at sunset. Next time I guess.
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Nov 12 2016
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46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2016
fricknaley
Hiking4.49 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   3.06 mph
1,183 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Been a while since i served up a tucson daily double so today seemed like a good day to revisit some shorter local friends i haven't hiked in a while

Babad Do'ag is a bit overgrown with grasses right now, though the tread is so good it's still very easy to follow. just tears the legs up a little if you're wearing shorts.

the upper part of the trail crossing over the drainage headwaters is very nice
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Sep 17 2016
kpgnorris
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63 female
 Joined Aug 28 2016
 Tucson
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2016
kpgnorris
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.88 mph
1,430 ft AEG
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First time on this trail; wished I had waited until the grass died. Lost the trail on the way up due to tall grasses, scrambled around some boulders for awhile, then got out the GPS and found the trail. Very green, still lots of flowers blooming. Saw one other hiker the whole way. Beautiful views of a meadow at the summit.
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Jan 17 2016
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 Joined Nov 07 2015
 
Gibbon MountainTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking12.45 Miles 4,202 AEG
Hiking12.45 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   1.71 mph
4,202 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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“F*@#$g Epic!” are the only two words that come to mind when I reflect back on today’s adventure, [of just under 8 hours, just over 4,200’ AEG, and just under 12.5 miles… 9.5+ of which were completely off trail]. If ever there is a contest for awesomest route to Gibbon Mountain, I will definitely be entering the one I took today.

I’d written off the shorter approaches to Gibbon Mountain [via Molino Basin or the Gordon Hirabiyashi Campground] since I needed to work on my weakness [distance] and wanted to log at least 12 miles today; but approaching via the Soldier or Babad Do'ag Trails – and then bushwhacking to connect with the GPS route to Gibbon shown here – hikelemmon.com/gibb ... ain/ – was starting to appeal. When I first moved to the Tucson area, I remember overhearing an experienced hiker mention that the Babad Do'ag Trail is very beautiful…

…and, to my pleasant surprise, when I started entering “Babad Do'ag” into HAZ, there was not one but two Descriptions: “Babad Do'ag”, [the one I was expecting, which describes the out-and-back hike along the official trail]; and “Babad Do'ag Drainage”. Let’s just say, the moment I caught sight of the word “Drainage”, I was sold.

This drainage is a boulder’s hopper’s dream! With almost no brush, tons of solid boulders and countless small waterfalls to scramble up, [for 2+ miles], this drainage is pretty sweet to say the least. I’m not sure what is typical in terms of water, but today there was very nice flow, making things all the more beautiful.

Towards the top of the drainage and after scrambling up a ridge, you connect with the official Babad Do'ag Trail by which you can return, making a sweet loop. As awesome as the drainage was, I figured I’d be pretty beat by the time I got back from bagging Gibbon Mountain [and ‘pretty beat’ would be an understatement!]. Needless to say, I was more than happy to go back by way of the trail. It was a win-win-win: a) having a very beautiful trail with decent footing to return by after over 9.5 miles of bushwhacking; b) different scenery by doing a loop over an out-and-back; and c) by going down the trail, I got to really take in the awesome views.

It took me about 1 hr. 40 min to get to the official end of the Babad Do'ag Trail via the drainage route. After that, I was initially planning to use the bushwhack portion of part of a loop route that a few HAZ hikers have posted, which connects the Babad Do'ag and Solider Trails. From there, I would follow the route to Gibbon Mountain, shown in the link I posted above.

Plans ended up going astray [in a good way]. The going was proving to be extremely easy [for a bushwhack], and I still had tons of energy… so I ended up continuing more or less ‘as the crow flies.’ It was an absolute blast… but flippin’ exhausting! Let’s just say, if you think false summits are bad, try ‘false ridges’…! I lost track of the number of ridges I went up and down. In addition to the endless ‘ridge riding’, at one point I even dropped into another amazingly beautiful drainage, which I rode for a good ways. Like the Babad Do'ag drainage, this one also had beautiful flowing waterfalls and was tons of fun to boulder up. At least with my ridge-hopping, there were no false summits! When I eventually got to the base of Gibbon Mountain, I was in perfect position to head straight up toward the large saddle between the highpoint and another point on the summit that is almost as high.

While I haven’t done many hikes in the Catalinas, Gibbon Mountain definitely takes the prize for my hands down most beautiful summit views in this range to date, [better than Cathedral, Window Peak, Rattlesnake Peak, and Airmen Peak to name just a few]. I was surprised to not find a summit register since this is a SAHC peak. I’m usually pretty good at finding them too, but it’s possible I may have just missed it. The ridgeline that traverses the top of Gibbon Mountain is very fun and offers a great variety of spectacular views. I couldn’t agree more with this: “While Point 5801 seems to be marked/referred to as ‘Gibbon Mountain’ don’t stop there! For great views of the lower portion of Bear Canyon (and a nicer spot to stop and take a break) continue to the next prominent high spot (to the south-west)” hikelemmon.com/gibb ... ain/.

After continuing to the prominent high point toward the Southwest [which interestingly enough has a large cairn on top], I retraced my steps to the actual highpoint, then back to the saddle area, and then, [instead of descending from the saddle area], I decided I would take a different route back. Not only did I want to visit the third prominent highpoint on Gibbon, I was having tons of fun traversing the ridgeline… and it was definitely a lot less tiring than the ridge-hopping I did en route to the mountain.

Initially I rode the main ridge off Gibbon Mountain… then ended up on a different ridge… then crossed a small drainage… then contoured a minor peak… [maybe I mixed up the order of some of that; thank God for GPS!]. At one point, I spotted the trail I was initially planning to connect with on my way to Gibbon Mountain. This time, I angled my path toward it and touched down on trail at 8.25 miles, [all of which had been bushwhacking up to that point, aside from the few feet where I reconnected with the official end of the Babad Do'ag Trail]. Shortly after reaching trail, I arrived at the junction for the Solider Trail; and shortly after turning onto the Soldier Trail, I made a left onto an unofficial but well defined route that connects the Solider and Babad Do'ag Trails. The going was very smooth at first…

…but, [thanks to the combination of easy off-trail terrain and a good sense of direction], I realized that I’d strayed a fair margin from my ascent route by the time I decided it was time to spot-check my GPS. Not wanting to backtrack, I pushed forward, hoping that the ‘hypotenuse vs. two sides’ phenomenon would once again work out in my favor… and that I wouldn’t step on a rattlesnake in the process. My shortcut back involved traversing some terrain with very tall grass, [the kind where you cannot see what might be underneath], and the temps had warmed up enough to where the snakes might just venture out… luckily it all worked out well. When I touched down on the official Babad Do'ag Trail and looked back at the small drainage I ended up using on the return trip, I thought, “pretty cool… that’s the same drainage I was thinking about using initially…”
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Dec 04 2015
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
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Beautiful day for a hike!
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Apr 03 2015
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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uphill_junkie
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
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Tugger
Love this hike! Saw quite a few pretty blooms still! Nice and early, so no one out!
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Apr 03 2015
GrottoGirl
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46 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles
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Amy and I took Tugger for a hike!
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Mar 14 2015
Pivo
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65 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
Pivo
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.27 mph
1,430 ft AEG      36 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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RedwallNHops
Easy morning hike looking for wildflowers. No disappointment here, plenty to see.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Mar 14 2015
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46 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Babad Do'agTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
RedwallNHops
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.27 mph
1,430 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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Pivo
Nice morning hike
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